BobbySocks, PennyLoafers & LetterJackets in 1962
It's 1962, Bobby Socks, Penny Loafers, and a Letter Jacket were a part of every morning getting dressed for school. Especially the Letter Jacket I earned as a Freshman in Basketball. Rain, Sleet and Burning Heat....The Jacket was worn.
Middle of the knee was the 'School Dress Code' accepted dress and skirt length....no shorter. Boatneck, shirt collar and PeterPan collars were the favorites for tops.
I had several patterns that had combinations of these necklines and could modify them to fit the bodice and skirt patterns. The skirts took yards and yards of fabric and at 49 cents a yard, I might have spent $3.00 on 34" wide fabric and 50 cents for a pattern. That pattern today is selling for $5 to $8 and new ones.....well, let's just say Simplicity, Butterick and McCalls, you have Priced Home Sewing right out of my home and into the Clothing Stores Sale Racks and Thrift Shops.
And although we didn't wear Pants to school, we did wear shorts as part of our Basketball Uniform. I was very proud of my #14 uniform and thought the shorts were really neat, especially after I took in the side seams to make them fit my 'NoBehind SkinnyLegs' Self.
Remember Queen Lea from 1963 Homecoming? That's her wearing #4, and to her left is My Best Friend Nancy. We three were All District in 1962 and received a patch for our Letter Jackets.
The most important person in my Basketball memories is Coach Moore. Many of life's lessons are learned in high school athletics, and I learned lots of them on the Basketball Court. He was the inspiration for this Girl Raised In Texas to be the first in her family to earn a college degree and become a Coach.
PS...On the back of the picture of Coach Moore in the 'Patches Picture' he wrote...To a fine basketball player. Coach Moore...and a good student, at times. He was also my English teacher.